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LOT 720:

LEV BAKST (1866-1924)

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LEV BAKST (1866-1924)
Costume design for the ballet ‘Phaedra’
for Ida Rubinstein. 1922

Signed and dated 22 (lower right)
gouache and gold paint on paper
47 x 29 cm
Provenance : Art Nouveau et Art Déco
Auction, Beaussant-Lefèvre, Paris,
01/06/2005, L.59
Literature : E. Bespalova, Bakst in Paris,
Moscow, 2016

In 1909, the Italian writer and playwright
Gabriele D’Annunzio presented his
adaptation of the legendary Greek tragedy
«Phaedra». The costumes for the ballet
were designed by Lev Bakst and presented
to the public on June 8, 1923 at the Paris
Opera. Ida Rubinstein, with whom Bakst
has repeatedly worked, was the leading
actress. This image depicts one of the first
costume sketches for the leading role,
made in 1922.

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